Date Started: November 13, 2008
1,940 acres burned
210 residences destroyed: 130 City of Santa Barbara, 80 County of Santa Barbara; 9 residences damaged
22 injuries from smoke inhalation
3 burn injuries
30 firefighter injuries
Estimated firefighting costs $5,700,000
Click here for Tea Fire Photos
Click here for information on the application process for Tea Fire Recovery Assistance not addressed by FEMA, SBA or insurance.
Click here for a map of burn area flooding potential (provided by Santa Barbara County Flood Control.)
American Red Cross - Pam Voge - Tea Fire Case Manager - 805-687-1331
Contact for assitance with any needs not being addressed by FEMA, SBA or your insurance.
Contractors State License Board
Provides guidance in obtaining licensed contractors and provides information to help protect against fraudulent contractor practices, etc.
Department of Insurance - 800-927-HELP (800-927-4357)
Provides information regarding insurance issues, such as policy retrieval, claims filing, expediting claim settlements, etc.
Department of Social Services -
Administers the State Supplemental Grant Program (SSGP), which provides grant funds for unmet recovery needs to individuals and families.
DISASTER ASSISTANCE.GOV - http://www.disasterassistance.gov/daip_en.portal
DisasterAssitance.gov consolidates disaster information in one place. Currently, 17 U.S. Government agencies, which sponsor more than 40 forms of disaster assistance, contribute to the website. You can apply for many forms of assistance with a single, online application.
FEMA - 1-800-621-3362
Determines eligibility for various federal programs after citizen teleregisters and receives a Control Number. Services include:
Santa Barbara County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk - (805) 568-2550
Provides information on Property Tax Relief - Click here for the Property Tax Relief form.
Replacement Birth/death/marriage certificates / Copies of deeds
Santa Barbara County- Department of Planning Development - 805-568-3030
Santa Barbara County - Tea Fire Ombudsman Tony Nisich - 560-1098
105 E. Anapamu, Basement Suite 3
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
SBA (Small Business Administration) - 800-659-2955
Provides low-interest loans for personal and real property damages/losses as well as business losses.
Click Here for a lists of Montecito Fire District and/or County of Santa Barbara with significant structural damage or total destruction. Please be aware that these are preliminary reports and are continuing to be updated.
Click Here for Montecito Fire District rebuilding guidelines within the Tea Fire Burn area.
Click Here for frequently asked questions regarding rebuilding for Tea Fire Survivors
Montecito property owners with questions regarding the status of their property are encouraged to call the Montecito Fire District at (805) 969-2537.